“Dating Her Was Too Much for Me”: the Heartbreaking Reason Why Matthew Perry Had to Break Up With Julia Roberts in the 90s

9 months ago

Perry, known for his role as the beloved Chandler Bing on Friends, found his off-screen life entangled with the captivating Julia Roberts. They dated for 2 months, but ultimately, Perry made the choice to bring their relationship to a close. However, there were underlying reasons behind his decision.

Perry was overjoyed when Roberts agreed to have a scene in Friends.

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Friends star Matthew Perry, 53, recently shared insights into their romance that flourished in 1995. The talented actress from Pretty Woman was approached to make a guest appearance on the beloved sitcom, and the show’s producers encouraged Perry to contact Ms. Roberts. She had expressed her interest in joining the show on the condition that she could be involved in Chandler Bing’s storyline.

Reflecting on those delightful moments, Perry fondly recounted, “I sent her three dozen red roses and the card read, ’The only thing more exciting than the prospect of you doing the show is that I finally have an excuse to send you flowers.’”

“Not only did Julia agree to do the show, but she also sent me a gift — bagels, lots and lots of bagels,” Perry said.

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In his autobiography, Perry reveals the tale of his romance with Julia Roberts. It all began when Roberts agreed to make a guest appearance on a special episode of Friends, sparking a three-month courtship filled with daily faxes while she was in France shooting a film. Their relationship officially blossomed as they embarked on filming the episode.

Perry vividly recalls the anticipation he felt, eagerly awaiting Roberts’ faxes. He even found himself interrupting conversations with other women to check if a new fax had arrived, captivated by their correspondence.

Perry’s battle with low self-esteem prompted him to put an end to their lovely chemistry.

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After some time, Perry and Roberts entered into a romantic relationship. However, Perry decided to end their connection two months after her appearance on the show.

He confesses, “Dating Julia Roberts had been too much for me. I had been constantly certain that she was going to break up with me. Why would she not? I was not enough; I could never be enough; I was broken, bent, unlovable.”

Looking back at his experience on the popular show, Perry expresses, “Being on Friends was one of those unicorn situations where the news just kept getting better and better. But off-screen, things weren’t going so well.” Perry candidly confesses that being romantically involved with Julia Roberts had become too much for him to handle.

In order to spare himself from the anguish of an inevitable heartbreak, Perry made the challenging choice to bring his relationship with the captivating and exceptionally talented Julia Roberts to a close.

Matthew Perry is an incredibly talented and versatile actor who has captured the hearts of audiences worldwide. His talent extends far beyond comedy, as he has also showcased his remarkable dramatic skills in various projects. With his captivating performances and ability to bring depth to his characters, Perry has undoubtedly established himself as a truly remarkable and beloved actor in the entertainment industry.

It’s unfortunate that the relationship between these remarkable celebrities didn’t work out. However, among Hollywood stars, there are numerous couples whose romances were so brief that everyone forgot about.

Preview photo credit ABC News/Ferrari Press/East News, juliaroberts / Instagram, Friends / Warner Bros. Television and co-producers


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